Green Steps Projects Conserve: Reduce, reuse and recycle projects Our school has four composters and one vermicomposter. We collect a five gallon bucket of leftover fruits and vegetables to put in the composters daily.
Students save all of their broken crayons and bring them to science lab. Students peel crayons when they have time. The crayons are melted and poured into molds. Students even made pizza box solar ovens to melt the crayons. The “new” crayons are sold to students and the money is used to purchase wild bird seed, feeders and other supplies for our wildlife and vegetable gardens.
Students built a green house from 1,300 from two-liter bottles. The students collected, cleaned and cut the bottoms off of the bottles. The bottles were placed on bamboo canes and screwed on to the greenhouse frame.
The bottoms of the bottles were saved to be used as saucers for plants that were started in the greenhouse. Students also save juice cups and egg shells to be used as planters for seeds.
Students collected bottle caps for a bottle cap mural. The mural was assembled and displayed at the Mini Maker Faire. The mural now resides on the wall of our cafeteria.
Students collected plastic water bottles, cut them into spirals and colored them with markers to create a Dale Chihuly sculpture which hangs above the school hall.
Students collect a variety of items, that are not normally recyclable, for Terra Cycle. Terra Cycle pays the school one penny for every item collected. Students can win prizes for bringing in full bags of Terra Cycle. The items that we collect change based on the company’s needs. Currently we collect juice pouches, squeeze pouches, cereal bags, personal care packaging and toothpaste tubes.
Every students in grades first through fifth participate in our school wide recycling. Each grade class brings their entire grade level recycling bins to science lab each week. As a class the students sort the recycling bins and carry the sorted items to the recycling dumpster. Students also collect cafeteria can for recycling. Soda cans are collected and sold to a recycling center.
Catawba trail has participated in the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge for the last two years. Our school has won a Trex bench both years. This year we collected 555 pounds of plastic.
We used six car wash barrels, cut lengthwise, as mini gardens. The younger students plant and watch grow a variety of smaller plants, such as radishes, lettuce, onions and carrots.
Students are making plastic flowers out of water bottles and markers. Protect
Catawba Trail will be a pilot school for a new water testing program through Richland County Storm Water. Students will test bodies of water throughout our state, with the results being reported on World Water Monitoring day.
All grade levels participate in a school grounds litter pick-up during Earth Day Week. Students also pick up trash during the year as needed.
Habitat The woods of the school grounds had been used a dumping ground for many years. Students along with two Eagle Scout Projects restored the woods around our school by cleaning up large amounts of trash that were dumped in this area; over 100 tires, toilets, numerous mattresses and box springs, a sofa and many, many bags of can, bottles and other small items.
Once most of the trash was removed from the woods a nature trail was built; completed by a journaling bench around our impressive 2014 Richland County Treasured Tree.
Students designed and built a wildlife garden complete with a fish pond and peach tree.
Students then built a vegetable garden around the wildlife habitat. A strawberry bed was added in the shape of CTE.
A bluebird trail was built with the addition of five bluebird houses on school ground, all of which were occupied as of April 2015. Students established a blueberry patch, planting 16 blueberry shrub